Delmon Young is back on the Tigers’ playoff roster, replacing Magglio Ordonez


Delmon Young was removed from Detroit’s playoff roster after straining his oblique muscle in Game 5 of the ALDS, but Magglio Ordonez’s fractured ankle and a lack of other outfield options has convinced the Tigers to re-add him to the ALCS roster.

Young missed nearly a month with an oblique strain earlier this season and every indication was that he’d be iffy for the World Series if the Tigers advanced that far, so his availability seems likely to be limited at best.

Young had a big impact in the ALDS, homering three times in five games, but the Tigers opting for a banged-up guy who hit .268 with a .695 OPS this season shows how little faith they had in other outfield options with Ordonez and Brennan Boesch both out of the picture. Ryan Raburn and Don Kelly finished Game 1 in the outfield corners.

UPDATE: So much for limited availability. Young is starting in left field and batting third in Game 2.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.